NEW INFORMATION: Judge orders trial in Wis. triple homicide

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge says a Milwaukee man accused of killing three people in a southwestern Wisconsin farmhouse must stand trial.

Prosecutors have accused 31-year-old Jaren Kuester of killing Gary Thoreson, his wife, Chloe Thoreson, and his brother, Dean Thoreson last month at their farmhouse near Wiota in Lafayette County last month.

Judge William Johnston ordered Kuester to stand trial at the end of a brief preliminary hearing Monday. He pointed to testimony from a sheriff's investigator who said Kuester told him he committed the homicides during an April 29 interview.

Kuester is being held in jail on $3 million cash bond. Johnston set his arraignment for June 3.
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DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- The man accused of killing three members of a family in western Wisconsin is due back in court.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday afternoon for 31-year-old Jaren Kuester, of Milwaukee.

Kuester is charged with killing 70-year-old Gary Thoreson; his 66-year-old wife, Chloe Thoreson; and his 76-year-old brother, Dean Thoreson, last month at their farmhouse near Wiota.

Kuester's public defender, Guy Taylor, told reporters after an initial appearance last week that Kuester is being held in isolation. Taylor says he's investigating Kuester's mental state and whether he may have been using drugs. He also says he's considering an insanity plea.

Kuester is being held on $3 million bond.


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